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1 Federal Work-Study Student Orientation Fall Spring 2012

2 Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program Contact Info Campus Location: 1135 Lee Building Mail: 0102 Lee Building Phone: (301) Fax: (301) Website: Who to Contact : Lisa Tran – Financial Aid Counselor/ FWS Program Coordinator Jemika Hansberry – Financial Aid Counselor Heather Heck – FWS Graduate Assistant

3 General Financial Aid Services: Office of Student Financial Aid Office of Student Financial Aid Mail:0102 Lee Building Financial Service Center Service:1135 Lee Building Phone:

4 Overview of Federal Work-Study Program Need-based aid program Funded by the Federal Government You must work to earn the funds No funds are given upfront to your student account Earned through employment with on-campus employers Bi-weekly paychecks given directly to students Opportunity for Professional Development

5 Student Benefits Creates additional job opportunities Networking Fosters professional development Future professional references Flexible schedules Convenient campus locations (mostly)

6 Student Benefits FWS earnings DO NOT count against your financial need: FWS earnings are ignored when calculating student contribution and overall Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for NEXT year’s financial aid This means you earn income without negatively impacting your opportunity to receive need-based aid NEXT year Write FWS earnings on the FAFSA as outlined below: Enter FWS Earnings Here

7 Financial Aid and Federal Work Study Application Process Must reapply for all need-based aid every January by submitting FAFSA form. – FAFSA for upcoming academic year available after January 1 Priority deadline: – FAFSA should be received by FEBRUARY 15 Indicate interest for participation in FWS program on the FAFSA

8 FWS Award Process The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) awards FWS with other need-based aid through automated online packaging through Testudo. – Must demonstrate financial need – FWS funds are limited. Not all eligible students will receive FWS, especially if FAFSA received late – No guarantee that you will be eligible for FWS in future years if you receive FWS one year

9 FWS Award Notification Process Student awarded with financial aid package – FWS Award is part of package Must accept FWS award on Testudo Review the FWS Work Authorization form – Available from the “My Documents” section of Testudo Work Authorization form has instructions that will tell you to search the on-line FWS job listings and apply to employers

10 Standard Fall/Spring Award Amounts Regularly Admitted Students: Freshmen - Seniors$2,000 Freshmen Connection$2,200 Pathways Work Grant$3,024

11 Students with a Pathways Work Grant The financial aid award package includes: – FWS award – Pathways Grant You apply to jobs just like any other FWS student You must earn FWS in order to keep Pathways Grant – Guideline to find a job by end of October Slightly different restrictions – MUST work between 5-10 hours per week Pathways Work Grant students are not eligible for increases in FWS awards All other FWS guidelines apply

12 GA Pathways Not obligated to participate in FWS program May not remove FWS award from financial aid awards

13 Award Periods FWS is awarded for a limited, specific, award period (the award period is listed at the top of the Work Authorization form) – Fall 2011-Spring 2012 award period is from August 21, May 19, 2012 When the period is over, you must stop earning FWS funds until you receive a new FWS award You may continue earning from non-FWS employer funds (at the discretion of your employer)

14 Fall/Spring Award Period Fall-Spring awards may be earned during fall, winter and/or spring semesters Any amount not earned during the fall semester is automatically available to be earned during the winter and spring semesters Winter period: – If you are not enrolled in classes during winter break, you may work up to 40 hours/week earning your Fall/Spring FWS Funds – Any amount earned during the winter break will result in less available funds to earn during the spring semester

15 Summer Award Period Separate application and award processes are used to determine Summer FWS awards If you are unsure whether you are eligible for or have been awarded summer aid, during the month of

16 About FWS Jobs Over 90% of jobs are with on-campus employers On-campus job categories: – Accounting, Computers, Office/Clerical, Research/Lab, Student Services, Specialized, Tutoring Two federal government employers: – National Archives & Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) America Reads/America Counts Program: – UM students tutor local elementary school children Community Service – Several campus employers meet FWS definitions of community service

17 How to Apply for FWS Jobs Find the jobs that interest you the most Contact employers about the position – The listing on the web site indicates preferred application method – Provide employer with cover letter and resume tailored to the job position – Employers choose who they want to hire Set up a mutually convenient time for a job interview – During the interview: sell employer on your skills For additional tips regarding the job search process, please visit the Career Center’s Student Employment Center at Contact the FWS office for job search assistance

18 Job Search Process Primary way to find a FWS job: – All openings are posted on FWS web site – Search these listings and apply to employers Secondary ways to find a FWS job: – The UM Career Center sponsors Fall and Spring part- time job fairs – Some employers also advertise by flyers and word-of- mouth We offer job referrals to students who have problems finding jobs on their own

19 Job Categories Job CategoryDescription Accounting Positions involving accounting/bookkeeping tasks to support accounts payable/receivable, payroll, timekeeping, auditing, or other accounting functions. America Reads/America Counts Jobs Positions include mentor/tutor in math or literacy to Prince George’s County elementary school children. Computers/IT Positions related to computer operations, web design, hardware/software maintenance, and/or providing instruction on the usage of software programs. Federal Government JobsPositions with the National Archives or Peace Corps. General LaborPositions in facilities operations/maintenance/security. Office/Clerical Positions involving general office work such as data entry, copying, sorting, filing, answering phones, faxing, word processing, greeting students/visitors, running errands, and/ or preparing bulk mailings. Research/Lab Positions requiring assistance with laboratory activities including preparing, collecting, logging, and labeling specimens as well as cleaning, sterilizing and stocking lab equipment. Tutoring Positions involve providing individual/group instruction to children and/or adults in 1 or more topics.

20 Forms to Bring to Your Interview A print out of your Financial Aid Award Page FWS Work Authorization form Copy of your class schedule Proof of citizenship (usually a driver’s license and Social Security Card) A Potential Work schedule Your Resume and a list of references

21 Accessing Your Financial Aid Award Page Financial Aid Award Page from “My Awards”

22 FWS Work Authorization Form What: The Work Authorization form recognizes your employment in the program and allows you to earn your FWS award. It becomes part of your financial aid record and the personnel file that is kept by your employer Who:Both you and your employer must complete and sign the form and submit it to the FWS office Where: It is printable from “My Documents” in Testudo When: A new form is required for each position you hold and for each new award period. It must be submitted to OSFA before you begin working How: Mail, fax or drop it off (see contact info on slide 2)

23 Additional Copies of Work Authorization Form are available 1.Work Authorization forms are printable from Office of Student Financial Aid website: Click on the “Printable Forms” link then scroll down to the “Federal Work-Study Forms” section -OR- At under the “FWS Work Authorization Form” link 2.Go to Financial Service Center Lee Building, Room 1135

24 FWS Award Cancellation Once you submit required forms to your employer, you must also submit the required FWS authorization form to FWS office BEFORE you begin working – Why? Because we use the FWS Work Authorization form to verify that you have found employment with a certified FWS employer Failure to submit your Work Authorization form prior to your employment start date may result in cancellation of your award If you decide to voluntarily cancel your award: – You may decline the award through Testudo if you have not already accepted it – If you have already accepted your award, please submit your request in writing to If your award is cancelled, it cannot later be reinstated!!

25 How Your Pay Rate is Determined Employers set pay rates based on the complexity of the job and the qualification of the applicant Pay rate is NOT based on your FWS award amount Rates of FWS students should be similar to non-FWS students, but more experienced employees can receive higher pay FWS handbook lists job classifications and recommended pay scales

26 How Many Hours Should I Work Per Week? If enrolled full-time, you may never work more than 20 hours while classes are in session If enrolled part-time, you must request permission from FWS office to work more than 20 hours while classes are in session Breaks: – You can work up to 40 hours per week during breaks You can NEVER work more than 40 hours per week! You can never work over time You may have an FWS job and a non FWS job, but you can only work a maximum of 20 hours a week between the two

27 Payroll Processing Student must record work hours online through University Payroll Human Resources website: – If not already on UM payroll, it usually takes at least 3-4 weeks to receive first UM paycheck – Direct deposit is recommended but takes longer to set up so expect your first payment to be a paycheck If you encounter payroll delays of problems, please contact your supervisor or employer payroll officer

28 Earnings Fraud You may only be paid for hours worked If any student intentionally submits fraudulent time cards or time sheets to their employer we will notify the UM Judicial Affairs office

29 About FWS Earnings No funds are released up front or directly to university bill You will receive bi-weekly paychecks for the hours you work You have no obligation to earn the funds, but: – No work = no pay Any unearned funds are forfeited at end of the award period Earnings are subject to Federal and State taxes – You will receive W2’s – For additional tax filing information (i.e. Tax guide- Publication 17) go to or consult a tax advisor Earnings are FICA exempt if you are enrolled at least ½ time

30 Tools to Manage Your FWS Award 2 tools to monitor your award available on the FWS Website: – ‘How Many Hours Can I Work?’ To help figure out how many hours you can work per week to earn award To help figure out the maximum hours you can work so that you can continue to earn FWS award through the year – ‘How Much Do I Have Left?’ To help calculate how much you’ve earned To help calculate your last day of work

31 Award Earning Limits Your FWS award establishes a MAXIMUM earnings per award period Earnings per semester do NOT matter as long as total Fall/Spring earnings don’t exceed your Fall/Spring award funds You may work during the winter semester – Funds earned during this time will be subtracted from your Fall/Spring award Total summer earnings cannot exceed summer award FWS Program office will send notification of your award earning status – You will receive an when you have earned over 65% of your award

32 Appeals for FWS Award Increases If you plan to work throughout the school year, you must budget your work hours accordingly so that your earnings do not exceed your award amount – If your earnings are approaching your award amount, you may: Appeal to the office for an increase in your award Or request to be switched to your department’s payroll – Appealing for an award increase will NOT guarantee you sufficient funds Graduate students are never automatically offered FWS. They must always appeal to be considered. Total aid cannot exceed educational costs, and most prefer all loans and no FWS

33 What if you run out of FWS funds? You must terminate employment for that FWS award period -OR- Your employer must start paying you from their own Departmental Labor and Assistance funds

34 Restrictions on Earning FWS Funds You can never work during scheduled class times You must maintain the required enrollment of 6 credits You cannot work after graduating You can only have one FWS job at a time Hourly employees do not receive: Sick pay, paid breaks, unemployment benefits, vacation pay, or pay when university closes due to weather Your employer can require 30 minute break after 5 hours work See Work Authorization form for details

35 Payroll FAQ When will you get your first paycheck? If this is your first time working for a department, you will receive your first paycheck approximately 4 weeks after you start working Who will give you your paycheck? Your paycheck will (in most cases) be direct deposited to your bank account. If not your employer will have your check. How much money will you make? This is entirely dependent on the number of hours you work and the hourly wage you receive in your position What can you spend your earnings on? ANYTHING!! FWS earnings do not need to be spent on school expenses- you may use your earnings to pay for personal expenses as well

36 Switching Employers Students participating in the FWS program may not work in more than one (1) FWS position at the same time If you switch employers during the FWS award period, you must notify the FWS office by submitting a new Work Authorization form IMMEDIATELY **If you get another non-FWS position, you must speak with your department’s payroll person to be sure that your earnings with the two employers do not overlap

37 Work Expectations You may not study while at work You must dress appropriately Employers need reliable workers – you must be productive while at work You must adhere to your selected schedule – And notify your employer if you will be late or out Contact your employer or call for emergency closing information

38 Performance Evaluations and Raises It is important to discuss job responsibilities and work expectations with your supervisor prior to starting work We ask employers to give you a written performance evaluation at least once a semester Employers may offer you a pay raise after you have worked in that department for more than 12 months if they feel your job performance warrants an increase **An increase in your FWS award is not grounds for a pay rate increase

39 The FWS Handbook Discusses all FWS policies and procedures in detail Available on-line at

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